Angeline & Slick’s Two-fer Review – When I Need You (Need You #4) by Lorelei James

When I Need You is a realistic friends-to-lovers story that will keep you entertained from start to finish. I’ll always recommend starting with Book 1 in a series (I’m OCD like that). When I Need You can be read as a standalone. Go get your copy today! You won’t be disappointed. ~ Angeline, Guilty Pleasures

Blurb:
Heir to Lund Enterprises and ladies’ man Jensen “The Rocket” Lund has three conditions when it comes to dating:
1) No single mothers
2) No cheerleaders
3) No medical personnel
So it makes no sense that he’s wildly attracted to Rowan Michaels, who breaks all three.

Rowan Michaels didn’t pass the rigorous requirements to become an athletic trainer and Vikings cheerleader in the hopes of landing a pro athlete: been there, done that, and she has a young son as proof that football players and fidelity don’t go hand in hand. When Rowan learns her new neighbor is Jensen Lund, the smoking-hot tight end who takes being neighborly to a whole new level, she’s grateful for the team’s strict “no fraternization” policy because the sexy man defines temptation.

But Jensen is intent on rushing straight to the goal line to prove to Rowan he’s much more than just a player…on and off the field.


Every time I read a book by Lorelei James I wonder, “How does she do it, time and time again?” How does she create such wonderful character driven stories that I can’t put down? Always fresh and different. I will never stop reading her.

The fourth book in the Need You Series is fantastic! I love this series and have enjoyed every book immensely. All are well-written, feature lovely, realistic characters, and make my kindle melt. When I Need You is no exception!

I’m a sucker for a friends-to-lovers story. I love watching a friendship grow and turn into a love that is solid and true. Jensen and Rowan did just that. Both Jensen and Rowan have “rules” on who they won’t date. Thankfully, rules are meant to be broken, because when these two get together sparks fly!

I loved watching their journey. I felt as though I was a part of it. Their dynamic was more than two people falling in love. Rowan’s son, Calder, plays an amazing role (as he should) and I can’t help but to have fallen in love with all of them.

We get to see more of the Lund clan. I hope for more stories. This family and these books are a breath of fresh air. They represent a goodness and honesty that seems to be lacking in people these days. I always take away something important when I read any Lorelei book. I appreciate her ability to make me escape into fiction and also think deeply about myself. I love that.

When I Need You is a realistic friends-to-lovers story that will keep you entertained from start to finish. I’ll always recommend starting with Book 1 in a series (I’m OCD like that). When I Need You can be read as a standalone. Go get your copy today! You won’t be disappointed.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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Strong and intelligent characters, smart and fun dialog, an engaging plot, and smoldering sensuality, author Lorelei James offers up another strong and will written romance in When I Need You. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

I’m just going to put it all out there, I love Lorelei James’ Rough Riders series, I love her Blacktop Cowboy series, but I think her Need You series is some of her best writing. I love the story of falling in love even when the couple doesn’t realize they are doing it, I love the slow burn, I love the friendship before the sexy, I love the “breaking of the rules,” I love meddling family, I love big giving hearts, and most of all I love a “good guy” hero and the Lund family has been full of them. When I Need You is the last book in this line of the Lund family and it features Jensen Lund, a pro football player who is coming back from some serious injuries and a single mom who has moved in across the hall one that he should know but doesn’t. Intrigued? I was and from the first moment they meet, it was electric, exciting, and a bit confrontational and I could not wait to see how their story played out.

After an entire season on the injured reserve list Jensen Lund is ready to get back to football, but in the year he’s been away from the game he’s made drastic changes in his life. He’s curbed his party man lifestyle, he’s been celibate, and he’s come to the realization that he wants a deeper connection with someone he just doesn’t expect that someone to be a woman who breaks all three of his dating rules.
As a single mom Rowan Michaels is no stranger to hard work and sacrifice, but she doesn’t complain about it because she loves her son, her family, and her jobs in that order. She might be tired, she might wish for a few minutes of peace now and again, but she wouldn’t change her life for anything. When she realizes her new neighbor is Jensen Lund first she wants to knock her brother in the head for keeping that news to himself and then she locks down the want she hasn’t felt in years. She doesn’t get involved with men especially professional athletes.

Can you say sparks?? Holy wow, from their first face to face meeting through their “just friends” phase and on to their “gotta have you now” moments, I loved everything about this couple and their story. After his initial snafu of not recognizing Rowan, Jensen proved time and time again he had mad respect for everything Rowan did in her life but first and foremost her dedication to her son. I loved that he understood Calder came first in her life and he expected no less, but more than that it was his involvement and acceptance of every little unique thing about Calder that melted my heart. Rowan impressed me with the way she stood up to Jensen and didn’t let him get away with anything and while at times she frustrated me a wee bit making assumptions about him, I could also understand why she did it. I appreciated that she began to see behind the public persona and truly saw that Jensen was good, honest, and trustworthy. I also cheered (and yes that’s a bit of a pun) that when she faced losing an important part of her life, she didn’t make it about her because she wanted Jensen focused on his game not on her, but the fact that he took charge and tried to make it right for them BOTH was perfect and priceless.

Let me say just a bit about Rowan’s son Calder, I loved that he wasn’t a stereotypical boy and that he wasn’t afraid to pursue what made him happy (more so that his mom realized she needed to let him be him). I enjoyed watching the interplay between him and Jensen and I think Calder was good for Jensen in many ways because being the baby of the family he never really had a lot of responsibilities thrust on him and he always had people to look up to; to be the person someone looked up to was huge for him and it wasn’t in a “you are a football God” kind of way, it was in a “I like that you spend time with me” kind of way. Calder reveled in Jensen’s attention, but he gave back as much as he got which made Jensen feel like a king. While this was a romance between a man and a woman when there is a child involved it changes things, but Calder wasn’t shoved in a corner or sent off constantly to his grandparents, or always conveniently gone; he was front and center and the growing relationship between man and boy was just as important as the romance blossoming between man and woman.

Strong and intelligent characters, smart and fun dialog, an engaging plot, and smoldering sensuality, author Lorelei James offers up another strong and will written romance in When I Need You.

P.S.—Anyone who has read this series, there are some strong scenes with “Mama” Selka and they are both meaningful and crazy fun!

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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